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Homebrewers Now Allowed in Illinois; State Bar Association Explains Limitations

Question: I'm hopped up about a new Illinois law that expands the rights of homebrewers. Does this mean I'll be able to sell my homemade brew in public places? Answer: Illinois homebrewers can now legally share their brew with friends, family and other homebrew groups as long as they do not receive compensation for it. The homemade beers can also be legally entered into festivals and competitions. A special permit must be obtained if the beer is offered at a festival, and no more than three 2-ounce samples can be given to a consumer. The law places limits on how much beer a homebrewer can produce in a given year. Other restrictions apply.   For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit

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